It is self-evident that credit card issuers (like in any other business) tend to get more and more clients. That’s why they constantly create new cards in order to satisfy various wishes. Responsible entrepreneur always worries about his or her consumers. But in fact, it is all about making profit. Did you ever think how do they make this profit?
If you are not aware of such matters, this information may be significant and helpful for you:
As a rule, all credit companies (with no exception) like Discover, American Express, or Capital One get income by means of merchant fees, annual fees, and various additional financial charges.
Merchant fee is something widely accepted as the standard payment. It is used in negotiations between credit organizations and their merchants.
Regular credit cards usage gives the highest income. Issuers make money by different charges (e.g. when clients have late balance payments).
Today credit lenders have found even more ways to make a greater profit:
- Grace period shortage. Recently this period was around 30 and even 60 days. By now it’s reduced and usually is about 20 days! Such a period is especially useful because it is the sole time when you can make your purchases with no additional interest, but usual balance payments. So, if your grace period is shortened then you have lesser possibilities to deal with your balance because you can get undesirable financial changes in case of your carelessness.
- However, there are some positive features. E.g. not so long ago lenders could increase your APR for one account in case of pending on another one. Thanks to FICOs work such practice is recommended to prohibit.
- Last but not least: credit card companies “admire” to use late fees whenever it’s possible. Of course, you can easily deal with them, just try to be attentive.
So, your financial prospects are in your hands.